In Spirit and In Truth
Today I came across someone who had an incredible talent of singing, a gift really. This person is very young, and I honestly was taken back at just HOW good they are! In the back of my mind I’m thinking, “Wow, she could really go far…. like, she could probably be American Idol material!” And then my thoughts led me down a different road. I would not want to encourage fame or the liking to her. What if she became prideful and lost that pure innocence she has now? I wouldn’t want her to loose sight of who gave her this gift.
Most of us have heard the saying “Pride comes before the fall”. Did you know that’s actually in the Bible?! God new that, that’s why Proverbs 16:18 says: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. When we worship God through music, whether it be with our voices or with an instrument, God may have given you a gift, but essentially it’s not your’s. It’s still his… he made you, and you belong to him! And he wants you to be a good steward of that gift for HIS glory, not your own. It’s hard to be prideful about something that is not yours… and in the same way, it’s hard to be insecure about something that is not yours. I think this is what God meant in John 4:23 by Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. He want’s us to come to him with purity, and innocence, leaving the gift aside. The gift is not the most important thing, it’s the gift giver!
As worshippers and worship leaders my challenge is this: Let us be good stewards of the gifts God has given us. He want’s us to better our skill, and be good at what we do, but also, he wants us to seek HIS face and seek to glorify HIM with it… making HIM famous!